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Forum: General Discussion 12-14-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,194
Posted By al_a
Re: What is the worst fly fishing commercial or movie scene?

Yeah, absolutely nothing right in the Symbicort commercial. On top of everything else, that's a photographer's vest, not a fly fishing vest.
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,094
Posted By al_a
Re: Looking back.... How green were you?

I guess it depends upon when I'd consider my true start to fly fishing. As a kid, my dad had an old glass fly rod and told me about using it on the local smallmouth river, but I tried it a couple of...
Forum: General Discussion 11-18-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,137
Posted By al_a
Re: Tell me a little about trout fishing where u are ?

I live part of the year in Missouri and the rest in Montana on the Yellowstone. In Montana, wind is very often a big factor, but I still get by with a 4 wt. for dries, a 5 wt. for nymphs, and a 6...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 11-01-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,649
Posted By al_a
Re: Wormy trout! Yuck!

Interesting...bass in many Ozark streams have a lot of yellow grub parasites. I wonder if it's the same thing that was in that trout. I don't know about the trout in the Ozarks...never cleaned one....
Forum: General Discussion 11-01-2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 271
Posted By al_a
Re: Next stage in the cycle

I caught a bunch of fish on dry flies on the Yellowstone River today...65 degrees and mostly sunny most of the day. And I'll go back to Missouri shortly and start catching smallmouth again. Unless...
Forum: General Discussion 10-30-2014, 11:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 572
Posted By al_a
Re: Streamer Tactics

I love streamer fishing enough that I sometimes try to force fish to hit streamers rather than fishing the stuff they are eating. Today I drove over to the Boulder River (the one near Big Timber MT)...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 15,405
Posted By al_a
Re: Just Curious: How Many Fly Rods Do you Own

i can't imagine ever selling a rod, and at the same time I can't imagine having a rod that doesn't get used. However, I have an excuse to own more rods...I live in two different places so I need a...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 10-20-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 557
Posted By al_a
Re: Bozaman & Ennis

The Rib and Chop in Livingston is excellent but ALWAYS crowded in the evenings. You need reservations. If you happen to go over and fish the Yellowstone on Monday, go to the Murray Hotel Bar...
Forum: General Discussion 10-19-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By al_a
Re: multispecies angling....

My list of freshwater species large enough to be considered "fishable":

smallmouth bass
largemouth bass
spotted bass
redeye bass
northern rock bass
ozark rock bass
shadow bass
Forum: General Discussion 10-12-2014, 12:23 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,755
Posted By al_a
Re: Furled leaders and tippet rings... What am I missing here?

Adding just one thing to Silver's excellent information...his analysis assumes smooth-surfaced water. Wave action both breaks up the window and extends it in bits and pieces. The movement of the...
Forum: General Discussion 10-12-2014, 12:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By al_a
Re: Fishing Blown out water

"Blown out" means high, very muddy water to me, and it'll be tough at best. But, this time of year a good rain can bring about a smaller rise with murky, not muddy water, and if that happens it can...
Forum: General Discussion 10-11-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 637
Posted By al_a
Re: Week long float fly fishing

I second the suggestion on the Water Master. If you are wanting to float with a partner, it looks like the Flycraft would be a good choice, but if you want to float solo and be able to fish while...
Forum: General Discussion 10-10-2014, 09:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 831
Posted By al_a
Re: Are you a Maximizer or a Satisficer?

One of my favorite sayings is, "The perfect is the enemy of the good enough." I continually have to tell my wife that, because she gets paralyzed trying to make the perfect decision, while I try to...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 09-29-2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 764
Posted By al_a
Re: Move on or change up?

I like to work a spot thoroughly when nymph fishing, trying to get at least one good drift everywhere in the hole or run, but I seldom bother to change nymphs. If I'm streamer fishing I keep moving,...
Forum: General Discussion 09-29-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 680
Posted By al_a
Re: Overlooked Lakes, Overcrowded Rivers

I am perfectly willing to agree that lakes have their own set of challenges, that they can be less crowded, that the fishing can be as good or better.

But I'd about a hundred times rather fish a...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 09-18-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 652
Posted By al_a
Re: Warm water fishing in winter

I do a lot of winter fishing for stream smallmouth bass (and other bass species). Location is extremely important. Catchable fish are ONLY in limited spots; 95% of the river is fishless. And water...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 09-14-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 471
Posted By al_a
Re: MT or OR.......

You can find variety in Montana, but it's easier to find it in Oregon. I don't think the trout fishing in Montana can be beat (and I'd always opt for Montana over Wyoming, as somebody above...
Forum: General Discussion 09-06-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 607
Posted By al_a
Re: Perplexing situation!

As a professional artist who does images for various commercial entities (catalog covers, merchandise, etc.) I consider anyone using my images without my permission and without paying me for them in...
Forum: General Discussion 08-29-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,232
Posted By al_a
Re: Airlines and fly rods

You're at the mercy of the people at the gate. And since many airlines have started charging for carry-ons over a given size, at the least you might have to pay extra to carry on one or more four...
Forum: General Discussion 08-28-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 177
Posted By al_a
Re: finally a weekend off for some fishing

I'm fortunate enough to able to avoid fishing on holiday weekends like the plague. I got my fishing fix in with a three day Ozark smallmouth float trip last week, and a two day float yesterday and...
Forum: General Discussion 08-26-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,397
Posted By al_a
Re: What's your scary fly fishing incident?

One that comes to mind took place a few years back on the West Boulder in Montana. A couple of buddies and I were fishing some private land. I had just wandered upstream and saw one of my friends...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 08-23-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,223
Posted By al_a
Re: Advice for slow, deep pools.

Maybe it's because of my smallmouth fishing roots, but I have a lot of confidence in the concept of the reaction strike. It's how I fish for smallies in very clear water so it's probably only...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 08-22-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,223
Posted By al_a
Re: Advice for slow, deep pools.

That's a VERY good point. If the fish aren't in the mood to feed, catching them is going to be difficult at best, and the middle of the pool is not usually where the food is, so the fish there often...
Forum: General Discussion 08-22-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 601
Posted By al_a
Re: Fishing and lightning

Yep, the old thing about fish turning on just before a big storm is sometimes true, and almost got me one time. I was on the river and started catching smallmouth like crazy, big ones. The storm...
Forum: General Discussion 08-22-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 545
Posted By al_a
Re: Small stream fishing.

I love small creeks, but I also love big rivers. Different experiences, not one better than the other. In Montana I live on the Yellowstone and love floating it in driftboat, raft, or my one man...
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